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Bowyer brings fan to tears with surprise gesture
It's Fan Appreciation Weekend at Richmond International Raceway , and Clint Bowyer is doing his part. The driver of the No. 15 HScott Motorsports Chevrolet surprised a fan, who is a cancer survivor, with two hot passes, which will provide her and a guest incredible access during Saturday's Federated Auto Parts 400 (7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). The act of kindness brought her to tears. . @ClintBowyer says #ThanksFans by surprising two lucky fans with hot passes! pic.twitter.com/golQ1MCYlW — NASCAR (@NASCAR) September 10, 2016 Way to go, Clint.
Almirola, Bowyer tangle and bring out late-race caution
Clint Bowyer and Aric Almirola make contact with 18 laps to go in the Bojangles' Southern 500 causing major damage to both the No. 43 and No. 15 at Darlington Raceway.
Bowyer's Darlington scheme honors Benny Parsons
RELATED: All the 2016 throwback paint schemes " Buy tickets " Vote now HScott Motorsports unveiled the throwback paint schemes that Clint Bowyer (No. 15 Chevrolet) and Michael Annett (No. 46 Chevrolet) will sport at Darlington Raceway for next week's Bojangles' Southern 500 (Sept. 4, 6 p.m. ET, NBC, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). Bowyer's car honors 2017 NASCAR Hall of Fame inductee Benny Parsons. The paint scheme sponsored by 5-hour Energy features Parsons' name just below the net opening and photos of the racer on the hood. The scheme itself is a tribute to the L.G. DeWitt deep-orange with blue wheels ride from Parsons' championship season of 1973. Parsons compiled 21 premier series wins over a 21-year career. Parsons was named one of NASCAR's 50 Greatest Drivers in 1998. Parsons also transitioned into television work following his NASCAR career, commentating for NBC and TNT until his passing in 2007, at the age of 65. Here it is! @ClintBowyer 's @5hourenergy throwback scheme for @TooToughToTame honoring Benny Parsons! #NASCAR pic.twitter.com/xDa9ugeiD9 — HScott Motorsports (@Team_HSM) August 27, 2016 Annett's car pays tribute to the logos of sponsor Pilot Flying J. Michael's No. 46 Chevrolet is throwing back to the 1970’s era @PilotFlyingJ logos and livery @TooToughToTame . pic.twitter.com/0wuBLJQVO8 — Michael Annett (@MichaelAnnett) August 26, 2016 &amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;/p&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;
Top 10 consecutive lap averages at New Hampshire
RESULTS: Practice 1 Pos Car Driver From Lap To Lap Avg Speed 1 5 Kasey Kahne 5 14 131.273 2 10 Danica Patrick 1 10 126.870 RESULTS: Practice 2 Pos Car Driver From Lap To Lap Avg Speed 1 78 Martin Truex Jr 2 11 131.139 2 20 Matt Kenseth 15 24 131.033 3 18 Kyle Busch 23 32 130.757 4 11 Denny Hamlin 24 33 130.754 5 24 Chase Elliott # 3 12 130.576 6 42 Kyle Larson 24 33 130.559 7 27 Paul Menard 2 11 130.472 8 31 Ryan Newman 2 11 130.462 9 88 Alex Bowman (i) 32 41 130.366 10 48 Jimmie Johnson 3 12 130.334 11 19 Carl Edwards 8 17 130.316 12 1 Jamie McMurray 6 15 129.924 13 41 Kurt Busch 20 29 129.825 14 23 David Ragan 1 10 129.795 15 3 Austin Dillon 17 26 129.785 16 2 Brad Keselowski 20 29 129.499 17 43 Aric Almirola 13 22 129.476 18 44 Brian Scott # 27 36 128.899 19 95 Michael McDowell 6 15 128.823 20 21 * Ryan Blaney # 1 10 128.743 21 15 Clint Bowyer 9 18 128.458 22 34 Chris Buescher # 26 35 127.980 RESULTS: Practice 3 Pos Car Driver From Lap To Lap Avg Speed 1 19 Carl Edwards 13 22 131.663 2 4 Kevin Harvick 28 37 131.401 3 42 Kyle Larson 24 33 131.342 4 18 Kyle Busch 35 44 131.337 5 48 Jimmie Johnson 1 10 131.279 6 11 Denny Hamlin 2 11 131.167 7 24 Chase Elliott # 34 43 131.113 8 5 Kasey Kahne 1 10 131.069 9 20 Matt Kenseth 2 11 130.927 10 88 Alex Bowman (i) 1 10 130.902 11 41 Kurt Busch 23 32 130.869 12 78 Martin Truex Jr 2 11 130.842 13 2 Brad Keselowski 34 43 130.761 14 22 Joey Logano 23 32 130.705 15 14 Tony Stewart 1 10 130.675 16 27 Paul Menard 3 12 130.561 17 31 Ryan Newman 1 10 130.411 18 1 Jamie McMurray 1 10 130.216 19 3 Austin Dillon 18 27 129.938 20 43 Aric Almirola 1 10 129.656 21 47 AJ Allmendinger 1 10 129.645 22 6 Trevor Bayne 19 28 129.635 23 10 Danica Patrick 27 36 129.247 24 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr 16 25 129.231 25 21 * Ryan Blaney # 22 31 129.058 26 44 Brian Scott # 20 29 128.788 27 7 Regan Smith 1 10 128.720 28 95 Michael McDowell 1 10 128.572 29 16 Greg Biffle 7 16 128.554 30 13 Casey Mears 16 25 128.542 31 34 Chris Buescher # 24 33 128.528 32 15 Clint Bowyer 22 31 128.318 33 23 David Ragan 1 10 128.176 34 38 Landon Cassill 30 39 127.961 *Car must run 10 consecutive laps on the track to be included in the above chart. # denotes rookie (i) denotes ineligible for points
Drivers rally from pre-qualifying hang-ups
RELATED: Qualifying results " Edwards earns sixth Coors Light Pole of 2016 Multiple drivers, including three Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup competitors, were left sweating it out in the garage when their cars did not pass pre-qualifying inspection by the start of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coors Light Pole Qualifying at New Hampshire Motor Speedway . Qualifying began on time at 4:45 p.m. ET, with a long line of cars still waiting to be cleared. Those that did not initially pass included the No. 3 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet of Austin Dillon , the No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet of Kevin Harvick and the No. 14 SHR Chevrolet of Tony Stewart , all Chase drivers. Despite the backlog, all 40 cars eventually posted a qualifying time for Sunday's Bad Boy Off Road 300 (2 p.m. ET, NBCSN, PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio), with Regan Smith the last to clear inspection as he headed to pit road with 3 minutes, 15 seconds left in the opening 20-minute knockout round. "We feel like what is going on is that the stakes are higher now that we're at the Chase," NASCAR Senior Vice President of Competition Scott Miller said on the NBCSN broadcast. "I think all of our competitors are trying to push the envelope. ... If someone doesn't make it out there, it's not our process, it's them pushing the envelope." In other technical-related news, the Hendrick Motorsports No. 24 team for rookie Chase Elliott received its fourth written warning for issues in inspection. Elliott's team will be relegated to the final pick in pit-stall selection ahead of the second race of the 10-race postseason. Dillon and Harvick were eventually cleared with less than 12 minutes to go in the opening 20-minute round of group qualifying, and Harvick got on the track with seven minutes to spare. The final latecomers were granted a slight time cushion when Clint Bowyer spun out in Turn 4 during a qualifying pass, stopping the clock with 11:39 remaining. Harvick eventually posted the seventh-fastest time of the round, with Stewart in 17th and Dillon 29th in his backup car after a crash in opening practice damaged his primary No. 3 Chevrolet. "It's different," Dillon said of the logjam outside of the inspection bay. "I see NASCAR just trying to keep everybody on the same playing field." Harvick will start 19th. His team owner and SHR teammate, Stewart, will start 22nd in what's expected to be his final New Hampshire start. The full list of cars not cleared from inspection when the green flag dropped: the No. 10 of Danica Patrick , the No. 47 of AJ Allmendinger , the No. 7 of Smith, the No. 83 of Matt DiBenedetto , the No. 5 of Kasey Kahne , the No. 16 of Greg Biffle and the No. 17 of Ricky Stenhouse Jr. , in addition to the Nos. 3, 4 and 14. &amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;/p&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;
Bowyer's Fourth of July gets intense, more tweets
Editor's note: Every Friday, "Tweets You Might Have Missed" will present eight of the best NASCAR-related tweets from the week. 1. Fired up the blender! pic.twitter.com/y5ipeUXVh2 — Clint Bowyer (@ClintBowyer) July 4, 2016 2. Saw @DanicaPatrick at the mall doing Danica things pic.twitter.com/NUxNAXkCpp — landon cassill (@landoncassill) July 3, 2016 3. Self dressed ✔️ Sweat bands ✔️ Jordans ✔️ Hornets ✔️ #ballin ' pic.twitter.com/omj378ncMu — DeLana Harvick (@DeLanaHarvick) July 6, 2016 4. Got apprehensive @Amy_Reimann flyin the drone. Shortly after this she chased the horses around the field with it. pic.twitter.com/FSJY8jZj0N — Dale Earnhardt Jr. (@DaleJr) July 5, 2016 5. Taken thru a spotting scope with my phone. Our symbol of freedom at my ranch pic.twitter.com/9FCRJx7KTB — Tony Stewart (@TonyStewart) July 4, 2016 6. We got Frankie a new friend...meet Luigi Logano pic.twitter.com/dEIBGBTbxj — Joey Logano (@joeylogano) July 6, 2016 7. Takes a few things to prep the wounded heel before putting my shoe on.. pic.twitter.com/n2YmxWn07E — Kevin Harvick (@KevinHarvick) July 7, 2016 8. Remote CO cabin at 11k feet. ✔️ Amazing memories made. ✔️ pic.twitter.com/doU3v6Y2nF — Jimmie Johnson (@JimmieJohnson) July 6, 2016
Analysis: Bowyer , HScott playing catch-up after SHR announcement
This was expected to be a big year for HScott Motorsports , with the addition of veteran Clint Bowyer to its driver lineup and a closer working relationship with Stewart-Haas Racing helping to stabilize a team that is only in its third full season of full-time competition. While Bowyer's stay at HSM will be brief -- he leaves to take over the No. 14 entry at Stewart-Haas Racing next year -- he had expressed hopes of being able to help HScott improve its program before his departure. Such has not been the case, however. Through the first seven races, Bowyer is 32nd in points and understandably frustrated. There has been no increase in the level of support provided by Stewart-Haas, in light of that four-team organization's impending move to Ford in '17, an announcement made in late February by team co-owners Tony Stewart and Gene Haas. That wasn't expected to be the case when Bowyer was introduced as the newest driver addition to HScott late last year. At that time, relationships with Stewart-Haas and Hendrick Motorsport were said to be key factors in the decision-making process for all involved. "I'm looking forward to the marriage that (team owner Harry Scott) has with Hendrick (Motorsports), with Stewart-Haas, that is very strong and it's something that I'm looking forward to building on," Bowyer said at the time. "I've got the best of the best when you talk about equipment. We've got Hendrick engines; we've got ties to Stewart-Haas Racing . These are the guys that are winning all the races. I now have that bond, that connection to this kind of equipment." Bringing Bowyer , an eight-time winner in NASCAR's premier series, on board even for only one year was seen as a step up the competitive ladder for HScott, which struggled on the track with teammates Michael Annett and Justin Allgaier in '15. Additional support from a group as successful as SHR would be a boon to the smaller outfit. Instead, Bowyer had a single top-20 finish (18th at Auto Club Speedway ) and an average finish of nearly 29th heading into Sunday's Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway . Bowyer would finish eighth Sunday, for his best showing of the season. For a driver who has rarely been outside the top 20 in points in 10 seasons of full-time competition, it's been a frustrating start. Contacted by NASCAR.com, Stewart-Haas officials said via email this week that "There isn't a formal alliance between Stewart-Haas Racing and HScott Motorsports , but SHR does collaborate with HScott and offers technical support when it can." HScott has obtained limited technical support from SHR since 2015 while also purchasing many of the cars in its fleet from the organization. But those close to the HScott situation say the technological tether that tied the teams of Bowyer and Annett to SHR appears to have been severed with the Ford announcement. It may also be a byproduct of the growing divide between the Chevrolet-branded Hendrick group and SHR as the latter outfit begins working toward the manufacturer change. At some point this season, the data sharing and flow of information between Hendrick and SHR will begin to cease; HScott, with a driver soon to be making the move to a rival Ford team, is perhaps caught in between. Changes in the relationship between Hendrick and Stewart-Haas were noted earlier this year by Stewart, who said, "the dynamic of it was kind of already changing this year anyway" and that "the technical side of it has changed quite a bit going into this season." "It's like parents who are going through a divorce," one HScott representative said of the situation, "and this team is caught in the middle." Stewart-Haas fields four Sprint Cup Series teams and its drivers have won two of the last five series championships, all under the Chevrolet banner. Its engines and chassis come from Hendrick, as well as technical information and extensive engineering support. Hendrick Motorsports fields four Sprint Cup Series teams and has won 11 Sprint Cup titles overall and six of the last 10. Although its chassis currently come through SHR, HScott leases engines from Hendrick, an arrangement that was already in place when Scott purchased the team from former owner James Finch in September of 2013. But the link between Hendrick and HScott ends there, according to Hendrick officials. The Hendrick/HScott relationship, they say, has not changed in light of the Stewart-Haas Ford announcement. In a statement provided to NASCAR.com, HScott officials noted the abundance of adjustments the organization faced heading into the 2016 season. "The challenges so far this season have primarily been the elements of change. Change has been a constant and it's had an effect. The team relocated its shop from (Spartanburg) South Carolina to (Mooresville) North Carolina in January. We have a new driver and crew chief combination, a new fleet of cars and a new aero package." The support system between Hendrick and Stewart-Haas, and Stewart-Haas and HScott, isn't unusual. Similar alliances abound in NASCAR, each varying to some degree. Furniture Row Racing had a "technical alliance" in place with Richard Childress Racing before this season. When the Denver-based team made the switch to Toyota, it aligned itself with Joe Gibbs Racing , which provides chassis as well as engineering support. A comparable arrangement exits between the Ford entities of Team Penske and Wood Brothers Racing . That teams would begin to "wean" themselves from such alliances as they work their way through the process of changing manufacturers is understandable considering what's at stake -- not the least of which is proprietary information and data that cannot be obtained without extensive research and development, and at much cost. While the current partners have benefited from their individual relationships, at the end of the day it remains a very competitive business. All of which leaves HScott and its teams trying to make the best of what appears to have become an unexpectedly harsh situation.
Bowyer seeks ride after plane to Texas breaks down
Clint Bowyer 's weekend in The Lone Star State got off to a bit of a rocky start. Well this weekend isn't starting off very good. Plane is broke down. Good thing there's atleast 40 of them headed same place. # — Clint Bowyer (@ClintBowyer) April 7, 2016 Hey, at least Clint wasn't forgotten and left stranded (ahem, Ryan Newman ). But as Sprint Cup practice begins at 5:30 p.m. ET today, he had better get a move on. RELATED: Junior leaves Newman at the airport
Bowyer : 'I couldn't breathe'
Clint Bowyer is stopped on the track after his car has an electrical fire at Sonoma Raceway.
Clint Bowyer wins Supercross race, face-plants into wall
Clint Bowyer did perhaps the most Clint Bowyer thing we've seen Clint Bowyer do on Saturday night at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. The HScott Motorsports driver participated in the "NASCAR Holeshot Challenge" Supercross event, taking on Greg Biffle , Ty Dillon and Ricky Stenhouse Jr . -- on two wheels. Bowyer , who has a background in this kind of racing, won the event, but failed to stop after the start/finish line. And promptly face-planted into the stopping wall. It was as awesome as it sounds (mostly because, thankfully, Bowyer was OK.) Fellow racers loved it, even if because of the wreck, this may be the one and only "NASCAR Holeshot Challenge" we'll ever see. Glad to see my driver for next year is as out of control as I am #thatsmyhorse — Tony Stewart (@TonyStewart) February 28, 2016 First and last @NASCAR motor cross competition!!! @ClintBowyer is the man!!!! Haha!!! #stuntman — Elliott Sadler (@Elliott_Sadler) February 28, 2016 @ClintBowyer just stole the show, that was awesome #onthegas — Chase Elliott (@chaseelliott) February 28, 2016 A crazy man in his PJs just ran his motorcycle into a tough block on @FS1 This is a good night! @ClintBowyer — Michael Waltrip (@mw55) February 28, 2016 . @ClintBowyer is a bad Mamba Jamba. That was fun to watch! @FOXSports @SupercrossLIVE @NASCAR #AllOrWall or #TuffBlock — Michael McDowell (@Mc_Driver) February 28, 2016 Hahahahahahahahah! That was awesome! #SXonFOX @ClintBowyer is a maniac! — Darrell Wallace Jr (@BubbaWallace) February 28, 2016 @ClintBowyer reminds me of the Glen Campbell song "like a rhinestone cowboy" riding out on a motorcycle in a star spangle rodeo ! — Darrell Waltrip (@AllWaltrip) February 28, 2016 Alright @ClintBowyer , let's see that go pro footage off the helmet cam... #SXonFOX #NASCARHoleshot #NASCAR — Chris Buescher (@Chris_Buescher) February 28, 2016 Dear @ClintBowyer if you're sore at all I'm here tomorrow — Brett Moffitt (@Brett_Moffitt) February 28, 2016 Leave it to @ClintBowyer to hit the wall #NASCARHoleshot pic.twitter.com/tdK6eQAbs4 — Karsyn Elledge (@KarsynElledge3) February 28, 2016